Mother’s Day is one of those occasions that you normally can’t feel is properly celebrated without a ‘Big Fat Greek’ family gathering.
But 2020 is no normal year, with coronavirus restrictions and lockdowns around the world meaning that people have to resort in creative ways to pay tribute to their family’s maternal figures.
In Australia, the news on a gradual roll-out of ‘softer’ rules has come right on time for some for the beloved Sunday family get-together in May. But it really depends on where you live, as states and territories have taken varied approaches.
For example, visits are permissible in New South Wales for two adults and their children, but Queensland residents can have up to five visitors from another household visit their property.
If you follow ‘the more the merrier’ doctrine, South Australia or Western Australia is probably the place to be, where gatherings of up to 10 people are allowed.
Abiding by social distancing with keeping 1.5 metre distance is still a given regardless of location and people should still not visit loved ones if they are sick or when a visit can pose risk to a en elderly or otherwise vulnerable to the virus community member.
For Victorians, a clear message that a business as usual celebration is off the cards was given early.
“I can tell you what I will be doing on Mother’s Day – I will not be visiting my mum,” Premier Daniel Andrews said on Thursday.
“Everyone wants to be with their mum, but let’s be really cautious, let’s be really careful not to be spreading the virus. We’ve come a long way and we can’t give that all back. We just can’t.”
The state’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer Paul Kelly reiterated warnings on Saturday.
“If you are feeling sick yourself, do not go and visit your mum. Please don’t.
“If you are feeling well and you really want to see your mum, I’m sure it is fine. But for elderly mums just be a little bit cautious and probably keep that 1.5-metre distance for now. I know it is hard and we all want to cuddle our mums on Mother’s Day,” Mr Kelly told reporters in Canberra yesterday.
Hopefully, for the many who cannot visit their beloved mothers and grandmothers today, technology can come to the rescue substituting physical presence with virtual gatherings and long video-calls.
After all, Mothers are celebrated every day and when ‘normality’ returns, all of us who missed out on 10 May can aim for a double feast!
How did you celebrate this year’s Mother’s Day?
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